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Visiting the Jelly Belly Factory!

Posted by on October 13, 2013

Disclosure: This is a non sponsored post.  Through my new home I’ve been visiting fun places along the way. 

Last week I decided to stop in and visit the Jelly Belly factory.  Since moving to Northern California I had done a lot of exploring with my significant other, but with this one, this was the first outing on my own.  It was a test to see if I could get to point a from point b on my own, and find my way back.

jellybellycarUpon first entrance there were three cars decked out in jelly beans and the Jelly Belly logo along with a few other pieces including the art to the right.  Because of harvest time, the outside was also decorated with pumpkins and gourds.

Once inside, you were greeted with a fill of their popular Jelly Belly murals including this one of Ronald Reagan.  Later on, during the tour, you will find out how much of an influence Ronald Reagan had on Jelly Belly.

Ronald Reagan Jelly Belly Mural

To the right there was an entire store area where you could purchase all of the Jelly Belly’s you wanted.  They also gave you the option to purchase the Belly Flops (the jelly belly’s that had odd shapes and sizes and didn’t make it into typical packaging.)

In front of you was the line to take the Jelly Belly Factory Tour, and in front of that, a sample bar where you could try 3 different flavors of Jelly Belly:

jellybelly

To the left was an area where you could enter an additional store, and also a cafe where you could sit down and have lunch because if you’re planning a day to the Jelly Belly factory you minus well enjoy all that it has to offer.

And then, on the second floor, there was also a tasting room where you could taste wine and chocolate together. (15 dollars) For those under 21, they also had a sparkling grape juice tasting paired with chocolate for just 10 dollars.  Each tasting experience comes with their own take home Jelly Belly Wine Glass.

Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Two of the chocolates were Jelly Belly flavor creations (raspberry and orange) covered in chocolate.  Two were truffles, and the first chocolate was an almond cluster.  The wines came from area wineries: Lambert Ranch, Ledgewood Creek, Scarlett Ranch Vineyard.  A tasting of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Riesling.  The glasses were filled pretty decent, as a heads up.

And then of course, I partook in the tour.  There are three rules involved with the tour:  Must wear a Hat (you can bring your own outside hat otherwise they provide you with a Jelly Belly hat,)  No Outside Food or Drink allowed inside and no photography throughout the tour.  You walk around the factory where they show you the different stages of the jelly bean making process including samples during each stage to try out the jelly beans.  It was a pretty fun experience to be apart of and I’d recommend it to anyone.

Have you taken a tour at a Jelly Belly factory before?  If so, tell me about it below.  If not, tell me your favorite Jelly Belly jellybean?

 

20 Responses to Visiting the Jelly Belly Factory!

  1. Patti

    This is a fun tour – we’ve been – and it’s tasty!
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  2. Deb Moretti

    So want to take my boys. I love the orange cream flavor.

  3. Mary

    Yay, I love posts like this! I went years ago; I remember having a slice of pizza shaped as a jelly belly, but not much of the tour. I have always wanted to go again. & I love buttered popcorn jelly bellies 😉
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    • Jamie

      LOL.. I didn’t have any pizza, but that doesn’t surprise me that it comes out in the shape of a jelly bean =) The tour had videos along the way at every station to watch.. well organized…

  4. mommy2jam

    This looks like so much fun,I love jellybeans and would love to go on this tour. The Jellybean mural is incredible such detail and work went into that and it shows.

    • Jamie

      During the tour there’s an entire wall of murals that you look through. They look absolutely stunning. So intricately done.

  5. Jennifer Bullock {mommybknowsbest.com}

    Love the Regan art, it must have been a really cool experience. Not sure about Jelly Belly and wine tasting, then again I probably wouldn’t be one to pass up a good wine tasting, especially if it includes chocolate! Thanks for sharing this fun adventure!
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    • Jamie

      Well, this facility location is in wine country or very near to it which explains the wine and chocolate tasting experience =)

  6. AlexandraFunFit

    WE’ve gone several times, including this past June on our way to Oregon. We love it, although once was enough for the tour. We like to shop for the huge bags of rejected Jelly Bellys.
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  7. Melanie Kaminski

    Isn’t the Jelly Belly Factory fabulous? That wine tasting sounds awesome, they didn’t have it when I went way back when.
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    • Jamie

      The wine tasting experience is new. But yea, it was a lot of fun. Always been a big fan of factory tours.

  8. The Mom Jen

    I drove by there for years when I was in college at UCD and I never stopped! It’s a must now that I know there is wine and chocolate!!
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    • Jamie

      Wait, you’ve never been?? They’ve just recently adding the wine and chocolate tasting experience making it extra fun =) hehe…

  9. Ashley Sears

    I never would’ve thought that Jelly Belly would have a tasting room. It’s always amazed me what amazing art they can make using jelly beans. Looks like you had a lot of fun!
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  10. Daniele Holmberg

    That looks so awesome! I must go and with those wine pairings, it looks so amazing!! 🙂

  11. Sarah

    That is awesome! I love Jelly Bellys!
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  12. Chrissy

    I love Jelly Bellys!! The art is so cool, I can’t believe people can create such awesome things from Jelly Bellys!
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    • Jamie

      It’s pretty neat, right??? I just saw my first mural a few months ago and I was fascinated with the process. It starts with a drawing first then they line up the jelly belly’s the old fashion way… people are so dang creative!

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